Sunday, September 27, 2009


Today is the first birthday (or "blogoversary") of the High Hopes Blog! AND, it is also a Happy Birthday to Danielle for her birthday yesterday, and a Happy Birthday for Ying, whose Birthday is tomorrow!!

This card shows Gavin, the dragon on his way to a party. He looks like he's ready to celebrate! Gavin and the presents he carries are colored with Copics. Glitter pens are used on Gavin for his scales and his teeth. The Yellow-Orange package he is carrying has streamers on it that are colored with a blue glitter pen. SU Cardstocks, and other DPs are used to make this card. The phrase shown is from a DP for birthdays. The only cardstock that is not SU is the White Cardstock that is used for images. All stamping is done with Memento black ink.

The inside of the card has DP on both sections. Ribbon is used to celebrate the birthday. A Clear glitter pen is used on the candles on the cake in the upper section, and the presents at the bottom are colored with Copics. The phrases on the lower section are from DP for birthdays, and the phrase for birthdays is from High Hopes. The phrases are on placed on Cardstock - Natural White and Crushed Curry, both from SU.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Here is one of my favorite High Hopes stamps - Jolie Little Friend. Jolie looks SO happy watching that worm on the leaf!

I colored the image with Copic Sketch Markers, using strokes to make the grass look like real grass. I wanted to use bright colors, and also to have flowers on the DP used below the image. The flowers on the card were sent to me by a friend, and they matched the card colors so well I had to use them!

The DP used inside the card has pictures of animals, and phrases relating to the animals and their behavior in the wild, during the spring. The verse used in the card is also from High Hopes:

The kiss of the sun for pardon,

the song of the birds for mirth.

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.
- Dorothy Frances Burney

Again, I used a flower on the inside of the card that was sent to me by a friend.
I know it's Autumn now, but I think this stamp is so very cute!! Hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Milton looks SO happy with the apples he is carrying! The CS behind the image is embossed with a Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder for Autumn. Natural White CS is used for the base, Brown CS and Rust DP behind the image. The large black brads and ribbon on the card front are matching the colors used in this card.Copic markers were used to color the image, Crystal Effects was used to make apples & Milton's hooves & antlers appear more 3D
Inside the card, DP with Autumn-like images/colors are used. The square area at the bottom is Natural White CS, framed by dark brown DP. The verse shown telling about Autumn is from a Stampendous stamp I had. I used Copics to color the leaves and the acorn shown with the verse "Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower".